New York State Assembly set to vote and deliberate on a bill to finally allow professional MMA fight cards to be held in the state.
Will New York City mixed martial arts (MMA) fans finally have their taste of action inside the cage this year?
Following years of frustration for the sport not being held at The Big Apple, the New York State Assembly is set to vote on a bill that would allow the sport to finally be held in the state, according to a released statement through a spokesperson.
From news gathered by MMA Fighting, the bill sat on the shelves for the last seven years without reaching the voting process. It is also said that there is no definite date for the vote, but three committees still have to approve it before reaching the Assembly floor.
New York is the only remaining state in the United States where the sport of MMA is outlawed.
The bill needs 76 votes for it to be passed in the New York Assembly, with around 80 Democrats seen to be voting yes, from reports by Newsday. If approved, state Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to give his seal of approval.
UFC 197 was initially set to be held at the Madison Square Garden, but the State’s non-approval of MMA forced the promotion to move its event to Las Vegas.